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The Alien Within: Representations of the Exotic in Twentieth-Century Japanese Literature

Leith Morton

Abstract

Readers worldwide have long been drawn to the foreign, the exotic, and the alien, even before Freud's famous essay on the uncanny in 1919. Given Japan's many years of relative isolation, followed by its multicultural empire, these themes seem ripe for exploration and exploitation by Japanese writers. Their literary adventures have taken them inside Japan as well as outside, and how they internalized the exotic through the adoption of modernist techniques and subject matter forms the primary subject of this book. This is the first book-length thematic study in English of the alien in modern Jap ... More

Keywords: modern Japanese literature, alien, Gothic, Tsubouchi Shöyö, translation theory, Shakespeare translation, Yosano Akiko, childbirth, female body, Öshiro Tatsuhiro

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832926
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832926.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leith Morton, author
Tokyo Institute of Technology